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New America in the News: 2008

New America staff and fellows appear regularly on radio and television, and are frequently quoted in media outlets of all types. A selection of that coverage is available below.

MaryEllen McGuire in Education Week | ' K-12 Issues Will Await President'

November 3, 2008
“There can be a case to be made that education becomes the vehicle that helps fuel the economy,” said MaryEllen McGuire, the director of the Education Policy Program of the New America Foundation, a Washington think tank.

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget in Newsweek.com | 'Closing Arguments: Obama'

November 3, 2008
The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget just revised its "Promises, Promises" guide, and now says Obama's tax and spending proposals – in the unlikely event that Congress enacted them unchanged – would add anywhere between $262 billion and $316 billion to the federal deficit in 2013, the final year of the next president's first term. The CRFB has increased its estimate of the likely cost of Obama's health care plan and now figures it could cost anywhere from $52 billion to $106 billion per year when fully phased in.

Anatol Lieven in the Epoch Times | 'Book Review: ‘The Essential Chomsky’'

November 3, 2008
Referring to the war on Iraq, Chomsky quotes political analyst Anatol Lieven: that most Americans had been “duped… by a propaganda programme which for systematic mendacity has few parallels in peacetime democracies.” LINK

Terry Tamminen in TIME Magazine | 'Will Green Progress Be Stalled or Speeded by the Bad Economy?'

November 3, 2008
"The stage is set for a wholesale change in the way the U.S. approaches climate change," says Terry Tamminen, the former environmental adviser to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenneger and director of the climate policy program at the New America Foundation. LINK

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget in New York Magazine | 'The Next New Deal'

November 3, 2008
But as Obama’s plans have unspooled over the past year, the economy has gone from pre-recessionary to perhaps pre-depressionary, the financial system began its epic meltdown, and the bailout of the banking system has imposed a gargantuan, unforeseen cost on the federal coffers. What had been expected to be a $450 billion deficit next year is now going to clock in, according to the latest estimates by the Congressional Budget Office, at $750 billion, minimum.

Wireless Future and Wired Event in Ars Technica | 'On Eve of Election, Obama Goes Gunning for Geek Votes'

November 3, 2008
As surrogate Reed Hundt stressed at a New America Foundation event last week, he also envisions a more transparent and participatory government that makes more information available online, and provides venues for citizens to provide feedback on pending legislation or regulation. LINK

Flynt Leverett in Inter Press Service | 'Two, Three, Many Grand Bargains?'

November 3, 2008
The notion of a "grand bargain" has been most commonly raised in recent years in connection with Iran in which, according to its most persistent proponents, former Bush Gulf experts Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett, Washington would provide security guarantees to the Islamic Republic, normalise bilateral ties, and develop a cooperative approach to regional security -- including Iraq and Afghanistan -- in exchange for a halt to Tehran's alleged pursuit of nuclear weapons, support for Hezbollah, Hamas, and other groups Washington considers terrorist.

James Pinkerton on Fox News | 'Fox News Watch: November 2, 2008'

November 2, 2008

On the panel this week, Jane Hall of the American University; syndicated columnist Cal Thomas; Jim Pinkerton, columnist and fellow, New America Foundation; and Kirsten Powers, New York Post columnist and FOX News analyst...

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget in the Guardian | 'Whoever Wins, the Real Taxing Problem is a $438bn Deficit'

November 2, 2008
But, according to analysis of both candidate's promises by an organisation called Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, both McCain's and Obama's economic plans would increase the deficit by more than $200bn in 2013. So it seems that both prospective Presidents plan to do no more than shuffle the deck chairs on this dangerously listing ship. LINK

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget in Reuters | 'Factbox-Possible Economic Stimulus Bills in Congress'

November 2, 2008
The McCain Plan

As analyzed by the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain would spend $52.5 billion on measures that would include a temporary cut in capital gains taxes, the elimination of taxes on unemployment benefits and allow for more deductions for capital losses

The Obama Plan

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget in the Houston Chronicle | 'Bank Crisis Will Hobble New President's Plans'

November 1, 2008
The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget found that -- even assuming the sometimes-dubious savings the campaigns claim -- both the Obama and McCain plans would add more than $200 billion to the federal deficit by 2013. LINK

Maya MacGuineas in the Washington Times | 'Watchdog Forecasts $1 Trillion Budget Deficit'

November 1, 2008

Regardless of who is elected president, the budget deficit for fiscal 2009, which began Oct. 1, "will in fact reach $1 trillion," predicted Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, whose US Budget Watch affiliate issued the report Monday.

She noted that her deficit prediction was based on a moderate use of the $700 billion in bailout funds Congress approved Oct. 2.

Maya MacGuineas in the National Journal | 'New Milestone Looms: The Trillion-Dollar Deficit'

November 1, 2008
The first budget expert to use the $1 trillion number was Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, based on a guess about declining revenues and some simple addition involving the proliferating obligations of the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve in trying to unfreeze the financial system.

Elizabeth Carpenter in the Daily Comet | 'Candidates Pledge Affordable Health Care'

October 31, 2008

But improving the quality of health care has to go hand in hand with controlling costs, said Elizabeth Carpenter, a Health Policy Program senior associate at the New America Foundation, the Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan think tank.

Steven Clemons in The National | 'Imagined Community'

October 31, 2008
“Both Muslims and Arab-Americans have been ill-treated in this political environment,” noted Steve Clemons, a veteran observer of American politics and popular blogger who is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, a Washington think-tank. “There has been some tacit acceptance of that, even by people around Barack Obama,” he added. LINK

Len Nichols in Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch | 'Sagging Economy Helps Health-Reform Plans'

October 31, 2008
Regardless of which candidate is elected, lawmakers may find they can't afford not to act, given that 15% of Americans, or 46 million, don't have health insurance, millions more are underinsured and the growth in health-care costs has far outpaced wage growth and general inflation, said Len Nichols, a health economist and director of the health policy program for the New America Foundation, a think tank in Washington. LINK

Steve Coll on The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) | 'Bad Inheritance'

October 31, 2008
Whoever gets voted president will inherit a lot of foreign policy problems. Rachel Maddow talks about the latest in Iraq and Afghanistan with The New Yorker’s Steve Coll. LINK to video

David Gray on NPR | 'Candidates Differ On Relief For Working Families'

October 31, 2008

Both campaigns "defer a lot of costs in this area," said David Gray, director of the Workplace and Family Program for the New America Foundation, a think tank in Washington, D.C. "It's much more difficult to compare the cost-benefit" than with, say, health care.

Gray, who said it was "significant that you have a Republican doing anything in this area," noted that McCain's proposed commission would cost little to establish, and "if you don't implement any recommendations, there's no cost."

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget on FOX News | 'Special Report Panel: How Obama Plans to Pay for All of His Promises'

October 31, 2008

MORT KONDRACKE, EXECUTIVE EDITOR, ROLL CALL: No budget watching organization that I know of thinks that either McCain or Obama will be able to fulfill their promises as far as the deficit is concerned.

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget in San Antonio Express | 'Fiscal Crisis Will Greet New President'

October 31, 2008
The budget plans of both Senators McCain and Obama would increase rather than decrease future deficits. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget analyzed the impact these policies would have at the end of the next president's first term in our Voter Guide, “Promises Promises: A Fiscal Voter Guide to the 2008 Election.” LINK
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